Women in IT Leadership Luncheon

Thursday, July 18, 2019

11:30am - 1:30pm



Hitachi Vantara Headquarters

2535 Augustine Drive

Santa Clara, CA 95054


Hitachi Vantara helps data-driven leaders reach outcomes that matter for business and society.

Please join women executives from Hitachi and other IT leaders for lunch and networking at Hitachi Vantara in Santa Clara. Our time will be dedicated to exploring women's technology leadership in an era of explosive data growth and transformation. Can't wait to see you there!


Renée Lahti, Chief Information Officer, Hitachi Vantara

Renée Lahti is responsible for developing and implementing information technology (IT) initiatives that align with the Hitachi Vantara mission. She leads the transformation of the Hitachi Vantara IT group from a conventional organization with many operational silos to a dynamic, agile team that efficiently focusses on business outcomes. Today, the IT group is an organization of cross-functional teams that include business and IT functions and work together using iterative, agile sprints.

Just as many of our customers are doing in their digital transformations, Lahti has moved away from company-owned data centers and offers IT as a service to Hitachi Vantara business groups and to sister Hitachi companies. Her rethinking of IT’s purpose and agility enabled the IT group to integrate Hitachi Data Systems, Hitachi Pentaho and Hitachi Insights into the new Hitachi Vantara organization, switching over our information systems and service desks around the world in less than 30 hours!

Lahti meets frequently with our customers’ CIOs to share experiences and exchange effective strategies. She regularly gives feedback to our marketing and development teams to help Hitachi Vantara stay current with the challenges and opportunities that our customers face every day.

Prior to Hitachi Data Systems, Lahti held CIO positions at SC Johnson and Sons, and Symantec Corporation and senior IT leadership roles at Oracle and PeopleSoft. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a master’s degree from the University of Texas. Lahti says she was very privileged when she was growing up because no one ever told her she should limit her aspirations. She is a strong advocate of STEAM (science, technology, arts, engineering and mathematics) programs and careers for girls and women to give them the confidence to do what inspires them.


Amy Rao, Chief Executive Officer, Integrated Archive Systems

Amy Rao is the Founder & CEO of Integrated Archive Systems, a company she founded in 1994. She has a long history of advocating for stronger human rights and environmental policy. Amy's greatest passion is for the defending and protecting of human rights both domestically and internationally, and is currently the Board Chair Elect of the International Board of Human Rights Watch. Amy also serves on the board of The Fund for Global Human Rights and is a member of the board of directors of Castilleja in Palo Alto. Amy continues to work on better environmental awareness and action and serves as President of The 11th Hour Project and on the board of The Schmidt Family Foundation. Amy also serves on the Advisory Board of the California New America Foundation. Originally from Indiana, Amy moved to the Bay Area in 1985 and currently resides in Palo Alto with her husband. Together they have 5 adult children scattered around the country.


11:30am Registration

12:00pm - 1:30pm Luncheon

Sponsored by Integrated Archive Systems (IAS) and Hitachi Vantara.

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